Published: Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 Last modified: Monday, Apr 8, 2024

Setting up a Web proxy might be needed to evade censorship and geo restrictions. I’m using squid3 packaged in either Debian or Ubuntu.

Out of my frustration of dealing with the crazy bloated default squid3 configuration, I’ve spent a good hour or two reducing it to the ABSOLUTELY minimal configuration possible.

Install squid3

sudo apt-get install squid3


auth_param digest program /usr/lib/squid3/digest_pw_auth -c /etc/squid3/passwords
auth_param digest realm proxy
acl authenticated proxy_auth REQUIRED
http_access allow authenticated
http_port 3128

On Ubuntu 14.04, digest_pw_auth has been renamed to digest_file_auth, i.e. use:

auth_param digest program /usr/lib/squid3/digest_file_auth -c /etc/squid3/passwords

These 5 lines, sure beats the INSANE 5539 LOC of squid.conf.dpkg-dist and I found a bug in the process!

Setting up a user

htdigest -c /etc/squid3/passwords proxy user

Drop the -c for your subsequent users.

tail -f /var/log/squid3/access.log to see who is using your proxy.